Atari’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark TV Commercial (1982)

Box scan courtesy of AtariAge.Com

Box scan courtesy of AtariAge.Com

I received Raiders of the Lost Ark for the Atari 2600 on Christmas back in 1982. I can vividly recall after all of the mayhem and confusion involved with the ripping of wrapping paper had settled down that I immediately started playing the game…for the entire day. Still one of my favorite Atari 2600 titles even if I never fully scored enough points to earn the Ark of the Covenant.
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A big thanks as always to Atari Age for the wonderful box art scan you see up top!


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9 thoughts on “Atari’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark TV Commercial (1982)

  1. GuitarAnthony says:

    My first memory of buying this game back in ’82 was that I tried playing it and wasn’t able to do anything with the inventory…then read the manual and saw you need both controllers plugged in. (Manuals? We don’t need no STEENKIN’ manuals!). I never did well enough for the ark either or the vaunted mystery signature that popped up if you did.

  2. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    I was never good at this game. I still have the cartridge in the box.

  3. vinvectrex says:

    I always wanted this one, but my dismal performance at Riddle of the Sphinx convinced me that I didn’t have the patience for something so complex. As I grew older, I loved adventure games, though, so I ought to give this one another shot.

  4. ddsw says:

    The ambition behind Raiders of the Lost Ark is admirable but it was a crummy game. If it was any good, it would’ve been Riddle of the Sphinx.

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    This game gave me hope for the future of the VCS (and console gaming in general) as the complexity of the puzzling and controls made for a more immersive experience.

    Got to play this with a buddy to do the controller thing, and thus was the first multiplayer game we played.

    Loved the whole thing, but could never figure out how to get a higher ‘pedestal’ score at the end of it (where Indy is set to a height matching your apparent score).

  6. I hear you, Vintage Volts and Atari Adventure Square! Though I am wondering if anyone has ever truly reached a perfect score…beside flipping the power off and on really quick I mean.

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